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Advent 2021: Close to Home

By April Alston Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation as we make our way towards Christmas. This year the theme of Close to Home will guide us through the season as we explore the metaphors and imagery of home woven throughout scripture. Each week the traditional Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and … Continued

Prayer Surprised Me

At the beginning of Lent, I shared with you that I was going to craft my way through Lent as a form of self-care. For me, crafting is about far more than the actual act of making something with my hands. It is a way for me to clear my mind of the clutter and … Continued

Weathering the Storm Together

Earlier this summer our family vacationed on the Pamlico Sound. As is expected during our summers here in North Carolina, we experienced a few afternoon thunderstorms. One afternoon, this view of the sky really captured my attention. Looking at the clouds you can’t really tell whether the storm is coming or going, who has already … Continued

Compassion Challenge #3:

This Sunday we were reminded not only to love God and our neighbors, but to love ourselves. When Jesus was asked “What is the greatest commandment?”, he responded with familiar words. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” He quickly followed with a … Continued

Back to School: Letting Go & Savoring the Now

Back to School time brings on all the mom feelings. I’m thankful for the return to a predictable routine, but sad to let go of freedom of summer. I am glad to have a few moments of quiet, yet I will miss my kids and the noise they create when they’re gone. It’s not their … Continued

Vacation Bible School 2019

August 8 – 11 – Thurs/Fri 6 – 8pm, Sat/Sun 9:15 – 12noon Who Is Your Neighbor? Learning to Love Like Jesus Join us for a great extended weekend of fun and learning together at VBS. We will explore what it means to love our neighbor and that our neighbors are more than just those … Continued

Breakfast on the Beach

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Bacon and eggs? Avocado toast? Cereal? Whatever it was, I bet it wasn’t fish cooked over a campfire. One of my favorite stories in scripture is that of the disciples having a breakfast of fish on the beach with the risen Christ. It’s a story full of … Continued

Trunk or Treat 2018

Join us for our annual Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 24. Hotdogs and barbecue sandwiches will be served in the fellowship hall and the parking lot will be filled with trunks full of treats. The games and costumes are always fun for the kids and parents alike. Please park in the Saw Mill parking … Continued